In response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order that would protect access to reproductive health care services in Massachusetts.
“This executive order will further preserve that right and protect reproductive health care providers who serve out-of-state residents. In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v Wade, it is especially important to ensure that Massachusetts providers can continue to provide reproductive health care services without concern that the laws of other states may be used to interfere with those services or sanction them for providing services that are lawful in the Commonwealth.”
Baker stated that the ruling will have “major consequences for women across the country who live in states with limited access to reproductive health care services.”
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court voted to end the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. According to the Associated Press, Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.